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No. 9521. Blackburn T.8 Baffin (K3589) Royal Air Force
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Blackburn T.8 Baffin

12/31/2009. The Baffin succeeded the Ripon as the FAA's standard torpedo-bomber, and it was the first of the many Blackburn aircraft supplied for service in carriers to introduce an air-cooled radial engine. Two-seat carrier-borne torpedo-bomber was of composite wood and metal structure, covered with fabric, and was powered by a 565 hp Bristol Pegasus I.M.3 radial engine.

The two prototypes were flown with the 'Class B' markings B-4 and B-5, the type was named Baffin in September 1933 after a production order had been placed. Twelve Baffin's designated T.8 and s/n K3589, K3590, K4071 to K4080, were followed by another three aircraft, s/n K4776 to K4778, these were fitted with a 580 hp Pegasus II.M3 engine and designated T.8A.

There were in addition some 69 Ripon's converted into Baffin's; these retained their original serial numbers. The last of the true-built Baffin's (K4778) was delivered in June 1935. The Baffin offered only a marginally better performance than the Ripon and was in service for only a few years with the RN, while 29 served with the RNZAF till 1941.

Armament consisted of a 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machinegun in the nose and a 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis machinegun on a mounting aft. One1,576 lb (714 kg) Mk. VIII or Mk. X torpedo or up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs could be carried.

Created December 31, 2009